Ed wrote:..."The Eagle Rare 101 is ten years old but is not a Single Barrel. The reason the 101 is not going to be marketed in the future is that they are concentrating on the Single Barrels and other expressions that use the same whiskey aged in different ways..."
Also, they have introduced -- and are slowly
taking national -- their eponymous Buffalo Trace bourbon, which approximates the Eagle Rare 101 both in age and price. The two bottlings would effectively have been competing against each other.
"...BTW, there is a 10 year old SB as well as the 17 year..."
The 17yo is NOT a single-barrel bourbon, but married from hand-selected barrels, which can be precious few -- only 1,050 bottles in 2004.
..."To stock up or not to stock up? I have bought five 101s so far. I may buy more. That could be a mistake. Now I have less incentive to explore the SB 10. But I do have a supply of whiskey that I know I enjoy that I bought at a reasonable price."
So what do the rest of you think?...
If you like it, stock up. I'll pick up a few bottles of ER101, but I enjoy the newer Buffalo Trace, so they will be more collectibles than drinking bottles. The old Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 101 proof, on the other hand, I'll seek out now that the diluted 90-proof version is appearing more places. The old version was WT's best-value bourbon. With the WT12yo disappearing, and the RR amounting to more water for the same price (the suits at Wild Turkey are doing a pretty good job of making their line a bunch of 'I-can-live-without-'em' products), the RR 101 is worth looking for.
The Elmer T Lee is the older of the two, I think.
Correct. Blanton's is around 8 years old (it varies a little -- they select to match a taste profile, not an age), while the ETL is usually around 10, though Elmer's been known to select some as old as 14-15 years for customers who buy and bottle entire barrels.
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